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bonze

[bonz] /bɒnz/
noun
1.
a Buddhist monk, especially of Japan or China.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French < Portuguese bonzo or New Latin bonzius < Japanese bonsō, bonzō ordinary priest (bon- ordinary + priest < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese fán-sēng); or < dialectal Japanese bonzu for bōzu priest
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bonze

/bɒnz/
noun
1.
a Chinese or Japanese Buddhist priest or monk
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō, from Sanskrit bon + priest or monk
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